NEXO’s STM modular line array has been chosen by one of Japan’s most distinguished sound rental companies as its new flagship PA system. The long-established N & N rental house in Tokyo has expanded its extensive inventory of NEXO products in a move they describe as “inevitable”.Based in Ota-ku, Tokyo, N & N has been supplying sound for a wide variety of special events and concerts in a range of venues for over 40 years. Long-term NEXO users, they have regularly updated their systems, from the Alpha Series and PS Series to the GEO S12 Series line arrays.
With the release of the STM M28 compact omnipurpose cabinet, the decision was taken to invest in the new modular line arrays capable of handling large venues (2000+ people) and to market this as N & N’s flagship system.
N & N’s Representative Director Mr Sato explains, “the timing was right – when the STM M28 was released, we were considering which speakers to bring in. Actually, as it turned out, we didn’t even demo any speakers from other brands. The reason for this is that we were long-time users of NEXO products, and the character of the STM M28 sound didn’t betray our expectations.”
The N & N team is keenly aware of the importance of staying current, and updates its systems and technology on a regular basis; the cycle for replacing the main PA systems is around 6 years, and the N & N engineers are excited by the advances in the new NEXO technology.
“My first impression of the STM M28 was that it is designed to make it easier for the people using it to produce sound,” says Mr Sato.
“The user has a high degree of freedom, for example, with the treatment of the medium to low range. There are many ways available for combining subwoofers and bass modules, and various ways to configure crossover points; thought has been given to how the equipment is going to be used to best effect. These products have latitude built in, and that makes it fun for an engineer. I feel that the STM M28 embodies a legitimate evolution of NEXO.”
N & N engineer Mr Kuriyama comments that, “the resolution is dramatically higher than in previous systems, and the console operations have linearity. The mix is directly reflected in the sound output, so you really can’t fake it. The sound image is close, and the ratio of direct sound is high, so when we get to the main event and the customers come in, there isn’t any major turnaround in the sound impression compared to rehearsal. These are speakers that don’t betray us when it comes to the actual performance.”
The STM Series loudspeakers, which will be paired with Yamaha CL and QL Series consoles to take advantage of system compatibility over Dante networks, were supplied by Yamaha Sound Systems Inc.